Purchasing an Inventory Management System? Ask Yourself This One Critical Question First
It's not a secret that increasing productivity and efficiency while decreasing costs are at the core of every warehouse and manufacturing facility's business strategy. Regardless of company size, products or services, every industrial business today is focused on these three mission-critical components.
One of the most common ways industrial companies are approaching this challenge is by purchasing new wireless technologies, specifically inventory management systems.
With manual inventory control causing more and more problems for warehouses and manufacturing businesses alike, it makes sense to look towards newer wifi enabled technologies for help.
In fact, according to Motorola in 2015, "67% of warehouses plan to use mobile devices to manage inventory."
It's clear that inventory management systems and the mobile devices they utilize are quickly becoming a requirement for businesses to remain competitive.
Now that most warehouses and manufacturers are purchasing and implementing inventory management systems, where do you begin to make sure it actually works?
To avoid spending a lot of unnecessary capital and time on a system that in the end will only cause you more downtime—and we've seen this happen a lot—understanding how to plan ahead is key to your success. But how? It might seem simplistic, but there's really only one question you have to ask yourself?
One Question to Rule Them All
Do I have the right wireless platform to support my new inventory management system?
Answering this one question is the key to guaranteeing your IMS works properly from day one.
Often times in warehousing and manufacturing silos exist between business decisions makers and IT. For example, in the interest of trying to increase productivity and efficiency while decreasing costs, decision makers purchase new mobile devices as either part of a new IMS or as an update to an existing one.
Here's where things go wrong.
The business purchased new devices, however, they've failed to test how those new devices would behave on their current warehouse wifi platform.
By not involving the right people (their IT team and/or an experienced wireless service provider I.e. SecurEdge Networks) they've essentially failed to ask themselves the most important question, "Do I have the wireless platform required to support my new strategy?"
The result of this scenario is pretty bad. You have devices that don't work, IT scratching their heads trying to figure out if it's their devices, applications, or the wireless network that's causing the problem, and worst yet, downtime, or in other words, decreasing productivity and efficiency and increasing costs.
Before You Buy
Planning ahead is the most critical component of any inventory management system. Accurately answering the question above means involving the right people and completing a wifi assessment (wireless site survey/ RF design) of your current wireless platform, before you purchase anything.
The Wi-Fi engineering process is a complex undertaking and it takes a lot of skill and experience to get it done right.
You can't just buy some access points, install them and hope your new system works. You'll save so much frustration, time and money if you take your time and do it right, the first time.
At SecurEdge, we deliver affordable, robust, and secure wireless platforms – it’s all we do. If you have any questions about wireless network design or would like to discuss an upcoming project, please contact us here.
Danny is the Marketing Manager at SecurEdge Networks. This basically means it’s his mission in life to make sure you have the secure mobility tools and resources that you actually want and can use. P.S. He also loves a good craft beer.